Use visuals to scaffold learning and help students organize their thinking

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Using Visual Tools to Organize Students’ Thinking and Deepen Learning

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Use visual tools to organize students’ thinking and deepen learning

Scaffold learning and help students organize their thinking using visuals

Engaging visuals helps students understand complex relationships or patterns connected to key course concepts, principles, or ideas. Internet resources and software applications provide a multitude of options for instructors to integrate engaging visuals into their online presentations.

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Use visual tools for practice and formative assessment

Derek Bruff, the Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching notes: “Asking students to construct concept maps provides 1) students with an opportunity to flesh out and develop their own mental models and ways of organizing knowledge and 2) you with insight as to how students are making sense of the course content.”

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